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Real-World, Hands-On Career Discovery!

Exploring is a career-education program for young men and women ages 10-20. It’s about helping young adults make a more informed decision about future careers and determine if a particular career is the right one for them. Through Exploring you can get involved, learn about a career, and decide to pursue it, or learn enough about the career to determine it’s not the right fit for you instead of spending lots of money on education and certification only to then discover you don’t like the career!

Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organizations in their communities. Businesses and community organizations initiate a career-specific Explorer post or club by matching their people and organizational resources to the career interests of youth in the community. The result is a program of interactive activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop.

Post or Club?

Exploring serves two different age groups, both coed. Explorer Clubs serve middle schoolers, aged 10 – 13, in sixth through eighth grades. Explorer Posts serve older youth 14 – 20 years old. The program model is the same for both age groups – hands-on and interactive character and career activities are facilitated by trained business leaders in your local community.

Exploring leaders volunteer their time to provide real-world career experiences for young adults. exploring is not about lectures and slide shows – it’s about gaining practical experience in a career field. the result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop.


How To Join an Exploring Post or Club

Click here to locate a list of Exploring Posts and Clubs within the National Capital Area Council.When you find an Explorer Post or Club that is of interest to you, contact the District Executive responsible for the district where the Post or Club is located. Your District Executive will provide you the contact information for the Post or Club and give you more information on joining. 

If you’re under the age of 18, you’ll need a youth application. If you’re an adult, you’ll need an adult application and an Exploring Youth Protection certificate.

Exploring Unit Registration Renewal

The window to use Exploring Online Renewal for Explorer Posts and Clubs whose registration expires at the end of December starts on November 1.  Please go to our Exploring Renewal page for detailed information on the renewal process.

2019 Exploring Leadership Seminar

The National Exploring Leadership Conference will be held July 9-12, 2019 at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Explorers, council professionals and volunteers are invited! Further information is available here.

IAFC Scholarship Deadline – April 30, 2019

The IAFC (International Association of Fire Chiefs) Foundation offers educational scholarships in the amount of $500 to Fire Explorers annually. The number of scholarships varies each year.  Further information will be available here.

November 15, 2016 NCAC Exploring Program Launch Webinar

A webinar for adult Exploring leaders was conducted on November 15, 2016 to discuss recent council-level activities and potential future events/activities.  The slides from the webinar are located here, and a replay of the entire webinar can be accessed here.

NCAC University of Scouting Presentation on Exploring

A presentation titled, “The Exploring Program in the District, ” prepared for the February 18, 2017, NCAC University of Scouting is available for download here.